Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 88.14
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Dec. 6, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Colorado State University
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.31 / 5.00 Mary Liang
Assistant Director of Sustainability
Housing and Dining Services
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount; part-time students, continuing education, and/or graduate students may be excluded):
33,954

Number of students engaged in community service (headcount):
31,008

Percentage of students engaged in community service:
91.32

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)? (if data not available, respond 'No'):
Yes

Total number of student community service hours contributed during the most recent one-year period:
531,594

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student :
15.66

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Does the institution include community service achievements on student transcripts?:
No

Does the institution provide incentives for employees to participate in community service (on- or off-campus)? (Incentives may include voluntary leave, compensatory time, or other forms of positive recognition):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s employee community service initiatives:

Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) at Colorado State University allows employees up to 5 hours per month administrative leave to volunteer in any public school district. The program was developed by Colorado State University Classified Personnel Council in 1995 and is a permanent program open to all Colorado State employees.

School is Cool is a community outreach effort managed and organized by CSU employees that provides backpacks and school supplies to K-12 students who need support in Fort Collins, Wellington, Timnath and LaPorte, and to outlying mountain schools. Since 1992, School Is Cool has helped nearly 38,000 children. In August of 2019, the program provided 2,614 backpacks and supply bags to students in 33 schools.

Multiple departments and offices at CSU also sponsor staff volunteer and service activities throughout the year.


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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CSU has several innovative community service programs related to sustainability. One example is during student move in, 2,649 students from Fraternity and Sorority Life helped families move first-year and transfer students into their residential halls. Over a span of two days, student volunteers dedicated over 5,600 hours to carry items up to student rooms, help direct families to orientation events, and support a successful move-in process to over 6,400 students. In addition, student peer educators known as Eco Leaders, engaged with students on recycling cardboard, thin-film plastic, and styrofoam materials at each hall reducing the load of waste going to the landfill. Twenty-seven tons of cardboard was recycled at the waste stations, which create a visual demonstration during move in of CSU's commitment to sustainability and demonstrated for new students best practices on-campus.

Our student head count in this credit excludes distance learning and continuing education students as our campus systems do not have a way to track community service for distance students. We did include part-time and graduate students in our headcount as they are counted by our campus systems. Thus, the discrepancy on head count between IC3 and this credit is intentional.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.